(Part 3 of a 4-part series) The stock is overfished, and overfishing is occurring… Here’s how the Commission is moving forward A week later and we’re still decompressing from the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) Striped Bass Board Meeting, as well as the American Saltwater Guides Association’s (ASGA’s) testimony before the US House Natural…Read More
In Part 1 of this series, we looked at the history of striped bass management, what went wrong, how we ended up with an overfished stock, and the missed opportunities that could have prevented that from happening. In Part 2, we’ll look at the direction we believe managers should take moving forward, and what it…Read More
If we are to successfully advocate for strong corrective action, an avoidance of further half-measures and/or other short-sighted decisions, and a repeat of past mistakes, it’s important to understand the background and management history that led up to where we are now. In other words, how we got here, more specifically why we got here, and how to avoid more mistakes moving forward.First though, let’s get some of the prevalent misconceptions out of the way.Read More
THE CLEANUP DATE IS CONFIRMED and will take place on 1/26/2019.
It’s recommended that you dress for very cold weather. Due to the shutdown and season, facilities on site are very limited. Bottled water, snacks and a warming station will be provided.
Work Plan for Fletchers Cove Clean Up Day on Saturday January 26th
If you have selected a team assignment and arrival time you are good to go. If you have not selected a team/arrival time or you are a new volunteer sign up here.Read More
The North Branch of the Potomac River has its share of problems despite its beauty and reputation of a good fishing destination only 3 hours from Washington DC.
Learn more about the issues that plague this part of the river.Read More
Well we weren't quite prepared to read that in West Virginia, Senator Joe Manchin has decided that your rights don't matter.Read More
Hancock, MD - Protestors marched through town to oppose a fracked gas pipeline proposal to move product from Pennsylvania to West Virginia by tunneling underneath the C&O Canal and beneath the Potomac River.Read More
THERE ARE MANY SLIMY and unappealing things in Washington, D.C.—politicians, attorneys, lobbyists—but flyfisher Austin Murphy is interested in just one: the northern snakehead, also known as the Potomac Pike or the fearsome-sounding Frankenfish, named for its seemingly unnatural ability to move on land, live for days out of water breathing air, secrete mucus from its thick skin, and eat just about anything it can fit in its mouth.
“I’m obsessed with them,” Murphy says. It’s true, even his Twitter handle is Snakehead Slayer. Murphy works the weedy, shallow tidal waters of the Potomac River and its tributary creeks, poling a skiff and sight-fishing with an 8- or 9-weight. He compares catching snakeheads on the fly to taking a permit or musky, in terms of difficulty and approach.Read More
Lifetime bans in the commercial striped bass fishery, and banned from all commercial fishing activity for a year, followed by a 4 year probationary period. They must also pay restitution of $498,000 to the state of Maryland.Read More
The Shenandoah National Park wildfire continues to grow to 3,000 acres and has shut down 12 trails and Skyline Drive since Saturday April 16th. Officials don't know what caused the fire but think is was likely human-caused.Read More
WAMU Public Radio Reports Dominion paid for Virginia DEQ Director, David Paylor to attend Masters Tournament and paid $1200 bar tab, yet Paylor remains silent on Dominion 27.5 million gallon coal ash waste water dump Director said never happened.Read More
I got a chance to fish with Capt. Alex and friend "Redfish Chuck" Levi while in northern Florida this past December. One of the issues we encountered was dirty water and poor water visibility. We really needed to head downriver to find some clean water. Both Chuck and Alex told me about the cleanliness of the river, of the problems with the dying manatee grass and lack of submerged aquatic vegetation, and how it was affecting the fishery. It was apparent then, and has gotten progressively worse.Read More
This needs to stop NOW. Dominion Virginia Power gets permit from theWater Control Board to discharge coal ash wastewater just 60 miles upstream of the Richmond, VA water intake, supplying drinking water to over 214,000 residents. This should make your blood boil! Coal ash wastewater contains trace quantities of heavy metals and other elements of toxins, including lead, mercury, arsenic, boron, selenium, and thallium.
If reading about Flint, MI wasn't enough, they're pushing to do it again in a neighborhood nearest you! Write to your Congressperson!Read More
The Virginia State Water Control Board got this wrong BIG TIME - write to your congressman and Virginia Department of Environmental Quality that dumping coal ash into the Potomac River at Possum Point is BAD FOR THE HEALTH OF THE RIVER AND RESIDENTS!
Please support Potomac Riverkeeper Network and call your congressman!Read More
This boat graveyard is a great place to fish and is being given sanctuary status. Let's see what restrictions are put in place here.Read More